The Sentence Method

The Sentence MethodTo take good notes, you have to find a note taking method that works for you. Unfortunately, finding a method that works for you is not always the simplest task because there are a variety of different methods that you can use, and each method will have its own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, it is important to note that there are some methods that will work for almost any note taker, and one of these methods is the sentence method. The sentence method is a note taking strategy in which a note taker places each of the sentences that he or she writes on a separate line and numbers each line, so it is easier to see where one thought ends and another begins. This strategy can be very helpful when your teacher or professor is trying to teach you a lot of information in a very short period of time and/or you are having difficulty keeping up with your teacher or professor.

It is important to note, however, that there are a couple of things that you should know about the sentence method before you use it.

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  • First, the sentence method is designed to help you take notes very quickly, but it is not designed to help you organize your notes. This is important because the sentence method will allow you to create a numbered list of the key points that your teacher or professor discusses, but each of the key points that appear in the list will appear in the order in which they were discussed. This means that key points that are related may appear in completely different parts of the list if your teacher or professor discussed those points at different times, and the list that you create, as a result, may not be in the most logical order. In fact, there is no way to distinguish the important information from the less important information in the sentence method because it is simply designed to create a list of information. It is, therefore, important for you to make sure that you reorganize your notes after class so that it is easier for you to find the information that you need and easier for you to study the information.
  • Secondly, if you’re trying to use the sentence method, it is usually a good idea to use the shortest sentences that you can (see the shorter sentences article for more information). This is important because the primary advantage of the sentence method is the speed at which it allows you to take notes, and you will end up sacrificing a lot of this speed if you try to write long, complex sentences.


Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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